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Our Nepalese Festival

by on September 24, 2015

Flyer_Final_eversionWe have so many Nepalese friends here in Canterbury, and they are some of the most beautiful people you will ever meet. But their lives have been darkened recently by the destruction of large areas of Nepal, through the earthquake (actually it was many earthquakes one after the other). Many have family homes destroyed, relatives killed.

As we have heard their stories and shared in their sorrows, it occured to us that we weren’t really sharing in it – not unless we do something about it. Jesus never just stood and watched people in their troubles, he always did something to make a difference. So as a way to stand with our neighbours in their grief, we’re hosting a Nepalese Cultural Festival, called LOVE NEPAL.

Saturday October 10, 6 pm. Free entry, free everything.

It will be a night of gourmet food, dance, live music, traditional costumes, and much more. Everything Nepalese, of course.

And here’s the best bit: on this night we are going to rebuild a school.

Several hundred children at the Shree Sharada public school in Nepal’s Lamsung district cannot go to school because it was destroyed in the quakes. These are some of the poorest children in Nepal, there is no prospect of getting their school back in the next few years. That means no education for years for these needy kids.

Unless they get help.

We are partnering with an awesome charity group called Bridge the Gap Nepal, a group based in Nepal, that has a track record of getting lots done with little. Together we have developed a project to rebuild the Shree Sharada school.

We want to raise $34 000 to rebuild the school. It’s not much, is it. At the school I’ve been working at lately, parents pay about that much each year for each student! But this $34k will get the whole school open and running. Amazing.

How are we going to raise the money? By asking people to make generous donations at the LOVE NEPAL festival.

Everyone around here is pretty excited about Love Nepal. We’ve received support from local community groups. Linda Burney our local state MP is coming. The Mayor of Canterbury, Brian Robson is coming. The local schools are promoting this. Local papers are running articles.

Is this going to be Sydney’s best event this year? I reckon so. It should be an exciting night.

Donations have already started rolling in, as people hear about it and want to contribute, the cause is so worthwhile. What could you spend your money on that’s better than this?

All of this is really our way of saying we belong to Jesus. You know what he said:

A city built on a hill cannot be hid… In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-15

The light? It’s Jesus.

How can you help? Click here for details.


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